Rise of Empire, Riyria Revelations #2 by Michael J Sullivan
Rise of Empire is the second omnibus edition in Michael J Sullivan’s Riyria Revolutions, and while not quite as good as the first, it’s still a rollicking good read. The two books contained within, Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm are less alike than the two in Theft of Swords and while this is welcome, I did find The Emerald Storm to be less enjoyable. This part of the book is set largely on a ship and for me, whether tied to this restriction of exploration or otherwise, it just didn’t seem to have the usual Sullivan pace.
As before, the main draw of Rise of Empire is the relationship between the two leads, Royce and Hadrian. With the creative escapes from whatever situation these two find themselves in, the majority of the book is really easy reading and the banter as natural as ever. With Royce and Hadrian there’s always some part of their interesting history mentioned in passing and there’s some big clues here that help build the excitement for the prequel novels that came along later. This is a book with quick wit and quick pacing that makes me just want to keep reading on and on.
Dominish rating: 87%